Blender is showing black areas

When I run Blender 2.49b on my laptop, it shows black areas next to the menus. If I bring up the “add” menu in a certain area, it also shows pieces of the splash graphic. I also couldn’t box-select properly in edit mode. Sometimes, the whole 3D area would go black and an outline of my mesh would appear in red.

I’m running Windows 7 Professional with a nVidia Geforce 310M graphics card and an Intel Core i5 processor.

Is there a solution to this problem?

Update your graphic card drivers. The black and red mesh is a known driver issue, just do a forum search for it.

Thanks for replying. Is updating it all that I need to do? Searching the forum and Google hasn’t brought me anything useful.